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'Attacco al potere': la Casa bianca in fiamme

'Attacco al potere': la Casa bianca in fiamme
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Dopo l’11 settembre, è raro che Hollywood abbia osato mostrare la Casa bianca in pericolo. In ‘Attacco al potere’ la vediamo addirittura in fiamme, mentre il suo inquilino viene rapito. Ma, niente paura, ovviamente tutto finisce bene: gli eroi buoni prevalgono sui cattivi, in questo caso sono terroristi coreani. L’attore scozzese Gerard Butler interpreta un ex guardia del corpo in disgrazia che recupererà il presidente e il proprio onore.

Il ruolo del presidente è stato affidato a Aaron Eckhart, che fu l’ottimo interprete del lobbista cinico e senza scrupoli nel divertente e irriverente ‘Thank you for smoking’ di Jason Reitman. Ma niente ironie per questo film, Eckhart è assolutamente serio:

“Gli agenti segreti sono eroi che, senza apparire, proteggono il presidente e la nazione. Ogni giorno che non subiamo un attentato è un buon giorno. Alle volte commettono degli errori, come tutti noi. È una storia sulla redenzione”.

Nel cast c‘è anche il grande Morgan Freeman, che già una volta interpretò il presidente degli Stati uniti, nel film catastrofico ‘Deep impact’. Questa volta pur di lavorare con Fuqua, Freeman si è accontentato di un ruolo più defilato:

“Lo ammiro molto e non mi sono lasciato sfuggire l’opportunità di incontrarlo e di lavorare con lui. Una volta che hai conosciuto tutti i migliori registi e ci hai lavorato bene insieme, allora puoi star certo che ti richiameranno”.

Fuqua spiega le ragioni della sua scelta:

“Letta la sceneggiatura, mi sono subito venuti in mente gli attori adatti ai ruoli e per fortuna li ho potuti ingaggiare tutti. Certo, avendo Freeman uno pensa di fargli fare il presidente, ma il presidente lo vedevo più come un moderno Kennedy e dunque Eckhart era perfetto, oltretutto è un grande attore”.

‘Attacco al potere’ arriverà nei cinema italiani il 4 aprile.

“Olympus Has Fallen” / La Chute de la Maison Blanche

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In this action thriller is about a terrorist attack on the White House, Secret Service Code: “Olympus” where the US President is kidnapped – Scottish Gerard Butler plays a disgraced former Presidential guard who will find himself trapped inside the White House in the wake of a terrorist attack; using his inside knowledge, Banning works with national security to rescue the President from his kidnappers.

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The movie had its premiere in Los Angeles – retired American professional basketball player Magic Johnson was amongst the guests

Actor Aaron Eckhart play the US President in the movie,

0.49 SOUNDBITE (English) Aaron Eckhart/Actor, on the plot: “It is about the secret service, our heroes. The unseen heroes that protect the president, that protect the nation. Every day that we don’t have a terrorist attack is a good day. Sometimes they make mistakes, sometimes we all make mistakes. So it is about redemption really.”

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actor Morgan Freeman about working with film director Antoine Fuqua

1.10 SOUNDBITE (English) Morgan Freeman/Actor, on the film’s director Antoine Fuqua: “I really admired his work and having the chance to get to know him, and work with him, is a big plus in life. If you know all the top notch directors, and you please them when you work with them, they will call you gain.”

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1.43 SOUNDBITE (English) Antoine Fuqua, FIlm Director, on why he picked Aaron Eckhart to play the United States president in his film: “Well I when read the script I saw different people in every role, and I was lucky enough to get each one of them. You got to have somebody like Morgan Freeman to become president. But Aaron Eckhart looks like a contemporary Kennedy-ish qualities, he is the got right integrity. He is a great actor and I needed that.”

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The Fast and the Furious/The Man with the Iron Fists actor Rick Yune as Mr. Kang is the head of the Korean terrorist group organization that wants to unify North and South Korea. Now while that sounds like an idea worthy of a Nobel Peace Prize, it really means he wants to unify the countries by allowing them to finish their civil war that the United States interrupted during the Korean War.

The action thriller about the attack of the White House in now on world wide release.

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Actress Ashley Judd has the support of her “Olympus Has Fallen” co-stars, if she jumps into Kentucky’s U.S. Senate race.

“She is so smart, and I love her,” Gerard Butler said at the film’s premiere Monday night (18 MARCH 2013) in Los Angeles. “She is a such a joy to work with, and I think she would be great. She knows her politics as well. I would love to see her in office. I would love to see her get anything she wants.”

Judd is nearing a deadline to make a decision, she only posed for cameras and didn’t do any television interviews at the premiere of her Hollywood movie. The film directed by Antoine Fuqua also stars Aaron Eckhart, Morgan Freeman, Angela Bassett.

Bassett said she was happy to hear about Judd considering to run against the five-term Kentucky senator Sen. Mitch McConnell in 2014. “Oh yes that is what she said,” Bassett recalled of Judd. “I am saying ‘Girl if you got the heart for it, go for it.’ If she thinks she can do some good, committed to making change. I applaud you and back you, it is not something I can do. But she is has a lot of spirit, a lot heart, and smarts.”

Judd’s new film “Olympus Has Fallen,” a political thriller that takes place at the White House, opens across the United States on 22 MARCH 2013).


Former Special Forces operator Mike Banning is now a Secret Service agent assigned to Presidential Detail. After a tragic accident, he is demoted and assigned to desk duty. When the White House (Secret Service Code: “Olympus”) is captured by a terrorist mastermind and the President is held hostage, Banning finds himself trapped within the building. As the national security team scrambles to respond, they are forced to rely on Banning’s inside knowledge to help retake the White House, save the President, and avert an even bigger disaster
Olympus Has Fallen Review

When the President of the United States is taken hostage by a terrorist mastermind, can a disgraced secret service agent save him? From the director of Training Day comes Olympus Has Fallen from FilmDistrict starring Gerard Butler, Morgan Freeman and Aaron Eckhart. Is this film the action film comeback of Gerard Butler or is it basically Die Hard at the White House?


It’s Christmas time for President Benjamin Asher and his family at Camp David. The weather outside is cold and rough, but he has to make an appearance at a reelection benefit with his wife and son. Senior Secret Service Agent Mike Banning is in charge of the presidential detail and motorcade. Along the way, a freak motor vehicle accident causes the presidential limousine to spin out an teeter on the edge of a bridge. Fast acting, Banning races to rescue the President and the First Lady. He cuts the President out of his seat belt, but is too late to save the first lady as the limo falls off the bridge into the ice covered water below. Disgraced, Banning accepts a transfer to the Treasury Department, not because he didn’t make the right decision, but because President Asher is reminded of the tragedy every time he sees Mike.

President Asher and the First Lady en route to a fundraiser

Meanwhile in world news, tensions are high in North and South Korea. They are on the brink of war. A special South Korean ambassador arrives with his security force for a meeting with the President, but the meeting is interrupted as an AC-130 Gunship flies over Washington D.C. and opens fire on the citizens and the White House. It’s blown out of the sky by fighter jets, but that’s only the first wave of the attack. terrorists dressed as tourists breach the gates of the White House (Secret Service Code: “Olympus”) and storm the front lawn. For their safety, President Asher and his staff are immediately escorted along with the Korean Ambassador to a secret underground bunker, but that was the plan of the attackers disguised at the Ambassadors security unit. “Olympus” has fallen and the President, Vice President and Secretary of Defense are all held hostage.

As the attack is going on, Mike Banning races from the Treasury to the White House to see what’s going on and to see if his former partners are ok, but he’s too late. Mike is alone in the very location he’s been trained to defend. Can Agent Banning save the President and stop the terrorists from starting a global nuclear war.

Gerard Butler as Secret Service Special Agent Mike Banning


Olympus Has Fallen simply put is “Die Hard at the White House” but not that shitty A Good Day to Die Hard version. I’m talking the original that had John McClane battling Hans Gruber in the Nakatomi Building. Gerard Butler (300/Gamer) plays Agent Mike Banning and just like John McClane, he’s a lone wolf against an army of heavily armed, highly trained bad guys. Instead of trying to rescue an estranged wife, Banning has to locate and rescue the President’s son, eliminate all the terrorists, save the President and stop a nuclear war. Now while It’s pretty predictable how the movie ends, getting there is an action packed explosion of bullets and knife fights. Another movie that follows the Die Hard formula that comes to mind is Under Siege starring Steven Seagal. What makes all these movies great is that, you have a believable underdog against formidable odds that you love to root for. Butler not only has some bad ass kills, but finishes them with awesome one liners that even Bruce Willis would be proud of. Butler’s motivation is to get the job done or die trying.

Rick Yune as Mr. Kang, the Head of the Korean terrorist group.

The Hans Gruber of the film is Kang Yeonsak played by Rick Yune (The Fast and the Furious/The Man with the Iron Fists). Kang is the mastermind behind a terrorist organization that wants to unify North and South Korea. Now while that sounds like an idea worthy of a Nobel Peace Prize, it really means he wants to unify the countries by allowing them to finish their civil war that the United States interrupted during the Korean War. Yune was a really good bad guy. I think that him being a Bond villain before in Die Another Day helped a lot. He was brutal and calculating, but what really made him scary was how emotionless he was as he murdered the President’s staff one by one to show the world he meant business. Yune was such a cool bad guy, that when Butler’s character interacted him, it created an uproar from the audience.

The rest of the cast is jammed packed with Hollywood A-List stars to make the movie come together. The most notable are Aaron Eckhart as President Asher, Morgan Freeman as Speaker of the House Trumbull and Angela Bassett as Secret Service Director Lynn Jacobs. Every actor and actress in the film did a great part as pawns in their supporting roles as Butler and Yune played a mortal chess game of wits and bullets.

Angela Bassett as the Director of the Secret Service and Morgan Freeman and the Speaker of the House.

Most of the time the directors chosen for movies like this are ones that are inexperienced, former music video directors that the studio can get for cheap… or Michael Bay. Directing Olympus Has Fallen in Antoine Fuqua. Now while he isn’t a household name like Spielberg or Tarantino, you know his previous movies: Training Day with Denzel Washington, Shooter with Mark Wahlberg and Tears of the Sun with Bruce Willis. Fuqua did an awesome job with the movies pacing and action sequences. There was never a dull moment in the film, even during the set up of the opening act. If you are a fan of his previous movies, you are going to enjoy Olympus Has Fallen. What also made the movie so cool was its presidential ambiance. The movie had the cool fonts with the character’s title to introduce each major player in the story. The film’s score felt like an orchestral rendition of the soundtracks of popular military video games. And speaking of video games, if you played Call of Duty : Modern Warfare 2, there is a part of the game when the White House (Code Name: Whiskey Hotel) is under attack. Olympus Has Fallen could have easily been the basis of a first or third person shooter game for Xbox 360 or PS3.

Aaron Eckhart plays President Benjamin Asher

I had a really great time watching Olympus Has Fallen. While people may just call it a knock off of Die Hard, the movie gets the template correct and it does it with the same cat and mouse sophistication that we have all loved when Bruce Willis first played John McClane. The movie is filled with non-stop, jaw dropping, edge of your seat action and thrills. I also think the release of this movie is ironically a major coincidence with the threat of nuclear war from real-life North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un when he recently threatened the United States. You’ll love how amazingly intelligent the terrorists take over the White House, but you’ll love even more how Butler takes them out, especially in the “interrogation” scene. If you love movies like Die Hard, Under Siege, Executive Decision or other cool underdog action movies, then I highly recommend you skip A Good Day to Die Hard with extreme prejudice and check out Olympus Has Fallen.